Stories We Like: A Guide to the Comma
To die: “Scarcely anyone was sorry when the old tyrant finally kicked the bucket.”
To die: Old man Mose done kicked the bucket
[1785+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr the bucket a suicide might kick from beneath him in hanging himself]
To speed; barrel: The kids were bucketing along (1860s+)Related Terms
brain bucket, someone can't carry a tune in a bucket, drop one's buckets, for crying out loud, go to hell in a handbasket, gutbucket, kick the bucket, lard-bucket, rust bucket, sleaze-bucket, slimebag
a vessel to draw water with (Isa. 40:15); used figuratively, probably, of a numerous issue (Num. 24:7).